Islamic, Communist, and Other Autocratic Regimes Back China’s Treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman in Beijing. (Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Twenty Islamic states at the United Nations on Tuesday joined two dozen others, including communist and autocratic regimes, in a show of support for China’s policies in Xinjiang province, where — according to the United States and others — more than a million Uyghurs and other minority Muslims have been incarcerated in re-education camps.

The countries rallied around Beijing at a meeting in New York of the U.N. General Assembly committee dealing with human rights, after a group of mostly Western nations, including the U.S., issued a joint statement deploring the Chinese Communist Party’s abuses in the country’s far-western province, as well as its clampdown on democracy in Hong Kong.

Reflecting China’s growing clout in the international community and the far-reaching impact of its massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) investment

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China Still Expanding Xinjiang Re-Education Camps, Report Says

Satellite images of a camp that opened in January in Kashgar, shown here during its construction from 2019 to 2020, according to ASPI.

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China is continuing to invest in detention camps in Xinjiang, according to a new research report, findings that could bolster calls to punish Beijing over its human rights practices in the predominately Muslim region.

At least 61 suspected detention facilities showed signs of new construction between July 2019 and July 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said in a report released Thursday. Some 14 such centers were still under construction this year after Xinjiang authorities said that all detainees had “graduated,” said ASPI, an Australia- and U.S.-backed research institute that has been tracking the camp network for more than two years.

About half of the recently expanded camps had greater security features, suggesting a shift toward

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